Categories for Common Medical Problems

Spring, New Beginnings and New Pets!

March 10, 2016

As it appears that spring (or at least a teaser) is making an early appearance in New England the thought of adding to our pet families often emerges. “My kids are really pushing for a dog”. “My daughter really wants another kitten”. “What pet is best for my situation” are common statements and questions we will hear with greater frequency. As a recent new owner of a 10 week old Irish Setter puppy (no surprise here) my sleep deprived thoughts turn toward the best advice to offer up to clients. Hopefully a few words of guidance will make the decision... View Article

It’s That Most Wonderful Time of Year but Not for Pets

December 3, 2015

It happens every year. We get consumed with plans for the holidays, decorating the tree, sprucing up the house, baking cookies and whatever other activity one thinks of when preparing for the holidays. But where are the cats? Are the dogs far away from anything that they might consider edible? No matter how vigilant we are it never fails to happen. The phone rings…..we pick it up and the next thing we know a pound of chocolate is gone from the kitchen counter…..consumed by our black Lab, Clyde. Or we get out the decorations and don’t get them totally hung... View Article

Two Brockton Animal Hospital Cases “Travel” to Italy

November 2, 2015

On November 4th two Brockton Animal Hospital patients will “travel” to Florence, Italy. They won’t actually be flying to Europe but the International Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ISLMS) is holding their annual medical conference. For the first time in their history there will be a veterinary tract as part of this human medical conference. Dr. Hirschberg will be presenting on the topic of light therapy and its benefit in the treatment of kidney disease in dogs and cats. “Terra”, a 13 year old Chow mix canine and “Ginger” an 11 year old Domestic Short Hair cat both suffer... View Article

Just Because It’s “Natural” that Doesn’t Mean Safe

October 23, 2015

We all get bombarded daily by the sound bites. This product is “natural”, “whole” or in some instances “organic”. As someone who likes to be cautious about what I put in my body don’t think I am minimizing the importance of “clean” foods or supplements. Unfortunately, however, there is growing acceptance in our culture that something that is deemed as “natural” is inherently safe. Consider for example the drug digitalis. Digitalis is a chemical that comes from a plant and is used in several different types of heart disease. It is an important chemical and in some cases life saving... View Article

Low Level Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation) Back in the News

September 15, 2015

On August 30 and September 1, 2015, I participated as a member of a “think tank” or “incubator” session at the Optical Society in Washington D.C. Participation was limited to approximately fifty people who work in the field of therapeutic laser so for me inclusion in this, by invitation only group, was certainly an honor. The purpose of the two days of meetings was to join resources and knowledge in order to integrate laser therapy (now “officially’ called Photobiomodulation or PDM) into mainstream medicine. As the only veterinarian present I was in the unique position to bring a clinical perspective... View Article

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